Theory and practice

A brief account of a trivial incident


Today I spent an hour in the BSM office with a pupil, helping him to prepare for one aspect of his Driving Theory Test that was giving him difficulties. As I left him, I turned to say something to him, forgot there was a step down into the adjacent part of the office, and sprawled full length on the floor. Luckily I landed softly and was not hurt.

Why am I telling you this? Is there anything noteworthy about the incident at all? No, there isn’t. Except that, right up to the very instant when I fell over that step, I had just spent a whole hour teaching my pupil about hazard perception.

Eric P Smith
25 April 2003